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image of Eight Heads M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Eight Heads, 1922
woodcut, block printed four times
image: 32.5 x 34 cm (12 13/16 x 13 3/8 in.) sheet: 45.7 x 44.8 cm (18 x 17 5/8 in.)
Bool 1981, no. 90
Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt Collection
All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
1973.65.2
Not on View
From the Tour: M.C. Escher — Life and Work
Object 3 of 24

Created while Escher was still a student at the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem, this is the first print to demonstrate his theory of the regular division of a plane. Escher cut eight heads -- four male and four female -- in the original wood block. The final image was achieved by printing the block four times.

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